May 17th marked as an important day of primaries across Pennsylvania, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Idaho – and while some races are still a bit too close to call, here are the details available thus far.
Arguably one of the most key races, in terms of Republican constituent interests, was the GOP nomination for the Senate out of Pennsylvania. As it stands, the official results are “too close to call,” per NBC News, with Dr. Oz and David McCormick being neck-and-neck in terms of votes – with Oz currently holding a lead of about 1,400 votes.
As for the Pennsylvania’s GOP primary for Governor, the Trump-backed Doug Mastriano has been called the winner, having secured over 44% of the votes in the primary. Furthermore, Carrie DelRosso has been named the winner of the GOP primary for Lieutenant Governor.
Moving on to Kentucky, current Republican Sen. Rand Paul landed the GOP primary. As for the GOP primaries for the House, James Comer, Brett Guthrie, Thomas Massie, Harold Rogers, and Andy Barr respectively landed Districts 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. District 3 is still a bit too close to call between Stuart Ray (who holds a sliver of a lead) and Rhonda Palazzo.
In North Carolina, Trump-endorsed Ted Budd has been called as the winner of the GOP primary for the open Senate seat, having secured well over twice the votes of former Governor Pat McCrory. As for the House, current Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn, representing the state’s 11th District, has reportedly conceded to losing the primary against Chuck Edwards.
Despite Rep. Cawthorn toting the coveted Trump endorsement, with the former president urging voters to give him “a second chance” amid various media hit pieces, Edwards was seemingly able to slightly edge past the incumbent congressman for the GOP nomination.
In Idaho, sitting Republican Sen. Mike Crapo unsurprisingly secured the Republican nomination – having a lead of roughly 150,000 votes against each of the Republicans who ran against him. As for the race for the Republican nomination for state Governor, incumbent Brad Little was able to fend off seven primary challengers – including the Trump-basked Janice McGeachin who currently serves as Little’s Lieutenant Governor.
McGeachin, a self-proclaimed America First candidate, had earned former President Trump’s endorsement back in November, with Trump referring to her as being “a true supporter of MAGA since the very beginning.” Even though McGeachin serves as Little’s Lieutenant Governor, the two had a sort of falling out, with the Trump-backed candidate accusing the incumbent of generally not being conservative enough.
One area of contention between Little and McGeachin revolved around COVID protocols within the state, with McGeachin having twice issued executive orders as Lieutenant Governor while Little was out of the state in 2021. In one instance, McGeachin issued an executive order banning mask mandates in schools and public buildings this past May, then come October, she issued an executive order banning public schools and the state’s department of education from requiring COVID-19 testing and jabs. Little, in both instances, overturned the executive orders issued amidst his brief absences.